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I love when I look out onto the field and see our son, confident and ready to take action on the field- ready for whatever comes his way. I know that it can be hard to teach confidence, but I believe it starts with us.

Last year, I had to speak to over 500 people at a conference about blogging. The night before the conference, I was nervous… had I practiced enough? Did I know what I needed to say? Would the information be valuable? Instead of keeping all of that inside and stressing over it alone, I told my kids. I told them that I was nervous, but the key to getting over it was to be prepared and to keep my head up. They watched me rehearse my key points again and they watched the next day as I walked into the building, head held high.

I try to teach them to be confident in their day to day lives. I try to teach them to be confident with schoolwork, confident in what they choose to wear, what sports they choose to play and in what decisions they make with their money.

It’s Financial Literacy Month in April, so Suntrust and I wanted to help everyone take a step toward financial confidence- it starts with us. Their insights show that financial confidence relates to our self-confidence. When we feel good about our money, then we feel good in many other aspects our lives. It is so true, because when I am worried about finances, I am stressed and you can see the worry on my face. When I feel confident about our financial decisions, I am worry-free and not stressed.

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The onUp Movement is about having the confidence to move forward… with every decision that you make. For our family, taking the step to pay off our mortgage was important. Making those bi-monthly payments on our own at first, and then having the bank take them right from my husband’s paycheck. That little step made a huge difference. Having the confidence to go for it was a major step for us. It gave us confidence to know that we had the power to eliminate debt completely. It gave us confidence to have a financial goal and go for it.

In honor of Financial Literacy Month, I wanted to share 3 tips for boosting financial confidence:

1- Make a goal and write it down. Is it paying off your mortgage? Building up your savings? Paying for a vacation with cash? Write it down.

2- Write down how much money you can set aside for this goal. What can you give up in order to reach it? No dinners out? Not buying your coffee in the morning? How can you reach this goal?

3- How will you keep track? Make a chart that you check weekly. Maybe it’s a checklist that asks you if your reached your goal that week. Maybe it’s a chart with your debt and you can lower it each week. Make it visible and celebrate your weekly wins!

Take your own quiz here & find out how financially confident you are. šŸ™‚

I partnered with SunTrust today because they want to motivate people to move past their worry and focus on financial confidence. I love that goal and couldn’t agree more. Join the movement!

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feelĀ confidentĀ about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.

The onUp Movement isĀ 1 million strongā€¦and growing. onUp is about having the confidence to move forward one smart step at a time.

Join now and start building your financial confidence today.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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